The chorus calling for Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen to resign is growing, with the Montgomery County Republican Party becoming the latest group to tell the embattled speaker to give it up.
The MCRP Executive Committee met Tuesday night and passed a resolution calling for Bonnen’s “immediate resignation.” The resolution, presented by Senate District 4 State Republican Executive Committeewoman Allison Winter, passed overwhelmingly, with 47 votes in favor and three abstentions.
Bonnen is currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers for a backroom offer caught on recording that was made to Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan, in which Bonnen offered to give Texas Scorecard press credentials in exchange for the political targeting of certain Republican lawmakers.
According to Winter’s resolution, “the substance of the recorded conversation of the meeting shows undeniable evidence of scandalous premeditated corruption, bribery, and subjugation with arrogance, malice, and intent to undermine individuals elected to serve their districts.”
In addition to Bonnen’s resignation, the resolution also called for the Republican Party of Texas to “issue a public statement condemning such actions, address the gravity of the damage, and assure the public that the organization will not tolerate anything that compromises the conservative principles and standards we hold ourselves to.”
Montgomery County’s GOP is now the fourth county party to pass a resolution of some kind condemning Bonnen. Denton and Polk counties adopted resolutions a few days before, and Nueces County passed a similar resolution the same night as Montgomery.
Montgomery County’s landslide vote is significant in that it indicates the pulse of the Republican grassroots. Montgomery County is the largest suburban county in Texas that still votes overwhelmingly Republican and is a critical voting block for keeping the state red.